BT is developing a data-only network, according to a report in today's 'Financial Times'.
A spokesperson confirmed the report is "broadly correct".
The network will comprise 3.5m kilometres of fibre optic cabling and will combine conventional data transmission with the Internet. The report suggests BT has established 18,000 nodes throughout the country. Suppliers involved include Marconi Communications (formerly GPT), Cisco and Newbridge Networks.
BT has been busy revamping its traditional network and is also investing #1.3 billion setting up a pan-European high speed data network with European telco partners.It has already announced it is spending more than #1 billion putting ATM on its network and buying synchronous digital hierachy (SDH) equipment for its SDH fibre infrastructure.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago